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Policies and Procedures

Some congregations do not regularly celebrate the sacraments because no licensed minister is available to preside. The policy and procedures for sacraments elders are one way of ensuring that each congregation can celebrate its sacramental life: by licensing trained lay members of the United Church to administer the sacraments within their own congregation.

A sacraments elder is a full member of a pastoral charge who has been licensed by the Regional Council to administer the sacraments within their pastoral charge, which is without a settled, called or appointed member of the order of ministry or designated lay minister. When a congregation is in need, it may identify and invite those who have gifts and interests for becoming a sacraments elder to act in this capacity once they have received the required training which is provided by the Regional Council.  Sacraments Elders are re-licensed annually for the pastoral year July 1 to June 30th.  The current application period is for July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

The Handbook can be viewed at:

This application is the formal request of the pastoral charge for the appointment/re-appointment of a sacraments elder (note:  sacraments elders will not be completing this application).